Fitness Industry Insider Brad Pilon on Why You Should Stop Eating (At Least Temporarily)

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Brad Pilon went from leading Research & Development at a leading supplement company to a world authority on intermittent fasting.
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“The problem with vegetables, and no one wants to talk about it, is… they suck.”
— Brad Pilon

Greetings, ladies and gents. Welcome to this week’s show. I hope you’re hungry for more information. Actually, hungry is the operative word, because my guest today is THE expert on a interesting little habit called intermittent fasting. You guys might remember intermittent fasting as something that came up in our episode with Ben Greenfield. It’s something he swears by, and so we decided to check it out today.

So, back to our guest today. He’s a life-long fitness enthusiast with an undergraduate degree in Applied Human Nutrition. After university, he joined a small nutritional supplement company, and over the course of six years, proceeded to help them grow into one of the world’s largest supplement companies as their Research & Development Manager. During that time, he traveled the world meeting everyone from researchers to ingredient manufacturers, to world-famous athletes and body builders. I’d say that that alone makes him a great candidate for the show, but hold on, because it gets better.

After six years, he jumped back into academia and did graduate-level work to figure out what exactly are the metabolic effects of short-term fasting, of all things. This groundbreaking work rendered him one of the world’s experts, and has caused him to publish books such as Eat Stop Eat and How Much Protein. Today he publishes a popular blog on these topics and much much more, offering the benefits of his combined industry insider and academic backgrounds.

You guys are going to love this episode. We get a chance to learn the ins and outs of intermittent fasting, and figure out why you should care. We talk supplements and the problems with the supplement industry. You even get some homework assignments and things to try out during this week.

One thing, guys, is that I’d like to ask you guys a favor. After you listen to this episode, send me an email or a tweet to @gosuperhuman and let me know one thing you liked or didn’t like about this episode. I have to admit, though we see the statistics and the thousands of downloads every week, it can get a bit lonely here if you guys aren’t writing in with your feedback and comments.

OK – Enough whining. Enjoy the show!

In this episode with Brad Pilon, we discuss:

  • When was the last time Brad actually ate?
  • Why is intermittent fasting scientifically interesting, and what health benefits does it offer?
  • When we stop eating, do we burn protein and muscles, or do we burn fat?
  • Besides the caloric deficit and dieting aspect, what are the other aspects that make fasting very interesting?
  • Does intermittent fasting allow you to be less responsible about what foods you eat?
  • Understanding ketosis, fat loss, glycolysis, respiratory quotient and “metabolic flexibility”
  • What else can your body use (besides glucose) to generate energy (surprising)
  • Should you exercise or train while fasting?
  • What is insulin sensitivity and why should you be concerned about it?
  • What are the differences between diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and insulin insensitivity?
  • Is intermittent fasting for everybody?
  • What is the ideal regimen and schedule for intermittent fasting?
  • How difficult is fasting for people to adopt?
  • Food expectation vs. actual hunger – and overcoming it
  • Brad's experience in the supplement industry, and what it was like to rub elbows with elite athletes
  • The major issues between research and marketing in the supplement industry
  • Which supplements actually make a difference?
  • What is “health attraction” and what does it mean?
  • Discussions of obsession, drawing the line, and how much you should really train

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Favorite Quotes from Brad Pilon:

“Ok, so, I don't eat… and I just keep burning more and more fast? This kind of sounds really really interesting!”
“This is something that dieting has never really done.”
“What do human beings do when they start feeling guilty about what they're eating? They eat EVERYTHING. We're the one at the buffet fending everyone off with a fork.”
“If you ever got a supplement that had drug-like effects – It would have drug like effects.”
“There's a reason why [the supplement companies] say ‘New & Improved & Advanced' on our products every six months.”
“You always have to think of your muscle building supplements as permissive. It's your actual training that's elliciting the response, and then you're just subsidizing that.”
“The thing about health is that it's really bloody hard to define… It's like happiness.”
“Just because the girl in the cover of the magazine with abs is smiling, doesn't mean she's not hating life in that exact picture.”

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